A better, busier and more active downtown — that’s what Oswego Mayor Billy Barlow says neighbors and visitors should expect in the Port City by the end of the summer.
It’s taken 3 years of planning, but 11 of the city’s 12 state-funded Downtown Revitalization Initiative proposals, are now in the process of becoming reality.
“I think it will bring new energy, really we’re already starting to feel downtown change,” said Mayor Barlow. Oswego was 1 of 10 cities to be given $10 million dollars during the first round of the state’s DRI program.
The biggest proposals are either in early construction or about to begin in early April.
- Improvements to the Route 104 corridor in downtown, including new planters and pedestrian safety changes
- Construction of affordable housing along the harbor
- Water park addition at the Quality Inn & Suites
- Pop-up performance space on Water Street
- Demolition of Global Buffet, construction of 5-story mixed-use residential & commercial space
Barlow calls Global Buffet one of the biggest eyesores in downtown Oswego and expects demolition to begin in early April. Set to open in its place are a new Southern barbeque restaurant and 22 apartments.
“All of these projects are happening at the same time, it’s going to make for a very busy and congested downtown,” said Barlow, but he thinks by the end of summer, it will all be worth it and continue the growth of a more vibrant Port City.